• Olly Jordan

Chapter 11 - The Little Mermaid - Return of the 'Unfinished' Look - Illustration 2nd Year 2016/17

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

Here is a project where we had to work with Hallmark to design cards based on Disney franchises - this is essentially anything Disney like Mickey Mouse, Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Pixar.

I decided to create artwork based on Disney's The Little Mermaid because Ariel is a princess that would suit the style I had initially thought of. Seeing as she is a character who is based underwater, creating artwork using watercolours and acrylics would suit her the most as the material choices most reflect her natural world.

I started the project by watching the film and making sketches while watching it to try and capture the essence of the character through her movements and her expressions. Then I asked a friend of mine, Courtney, to pose as Ariel and recreate her mannerisms so I could collect some photo references to work from so I could bring Ariel to life.

Creating the final artwork that you can see above, it could be said it me returning to the 'unfinished' style that I began to explore in my A Levels by working in a style inspired by Jeremy Kyle. The quality of the painting has improved again since The Revenant project as the paint looks like it has been applies in a smoother way. The tones are blended alot nicer and I have managed to capture Courtney's likeness quite nicely even though it is just her key facial features. I clearly also changed her hair colour and outfit choice so it looked like Ariel, rather than Courtney with her blond hair and crop top.

Overall, I think this is a nice piece that has captured Ariel's spirit, but the style itself could do with some more work because the way that the paint blends into the white negative space is far too harsh. If I were to go back to repaint this, I would blend the acrylic paints out with watercolour so it has a softer fade, rather than almost an outline of random facial features.

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